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OUR RANGE OF MINE TOURS IN CORNWALL

Click on the pictures below to find out more about our underground and surface tours in west Cornwall. Check our calendar to see when these trips are running, or contact us to book an alternative date.

Cornwall UNderground Adventures guide exploring a mine near St. Just, Cornwall

THE UNDERGROUND EXPLORER

This is our entry level mine tour. It is perfect for a first trip underground, or for those who don't feel they are ready for the Underground Adventurer. It still offers plenty of excitement and some extra challenges for those who want them.


Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum Age: 10 years old

Difficulty Level: Easy

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Mine explorer climbing a mineshaft near St. Just, Cornwall

THE UNDERGROUND ADVENTURER

This is an underground excursion for those seeking adventure and adrenalin. You will be scared! You will be challenged! You will love it! A complete through-trip including 200 feet of descent, requiring abseiling, traversing and much more!


Duration: 3-4 hours

Minimum Age: 14 years old

Difficulty Level: Medium

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Cornish mine explorer exploring a mine near Sennen Cove

THE SURFACE EXPLORER

This is a guided walking tour around a site rich in mining history. Your expert guide will tell you everything you want to know about Cornish mining history. This tour is perfect for those interested in Cornwall's mining heritage but don't want to venture underground.


Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum Age: No minimum age

Difficulty Level: Very easy

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THE UNDERGROUND EXPLORER

Join us to visit this interesting tin mine set in a quiet location on the cliffs of the west Cornwall coastline. The majority of our route in and out of this mine can be reached by walking alone. However, if you want to reach all the nooks and crannies we can show you, you’re going to have to do some stooping and even some short sections of crawling. But don’t worry, it’s not too tight, and there’s definitely no squeezing required!

For those looking for extra challenge and excitement, there is the option to climb or abseil between some of the levels. You can also traverse a flooded level using fixed ropes, to reach a sixty-foot ‘winze’, or mineshaft. From here you can then descend down to the deepest level of the mine. These obstacles can be bypassed, so anyone who doesn’t like heights doesn’t need to worry.

This is an ancient mine. Marvel at how the Cornish miners worked these narrow spaces over the centuries, first working the surface, before digging deeper underground in search of the precious tin. Your guide will explain how the ‘old men’ excavated these tunnels, and what different features of the mine were used for. You can put yourselves in the miner’s shoes and contemplate life as a Cornish miner in the 18th century.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum Age: 10 years old

Difficulty Level: Easy, anyone of average fitness should be fine on this trip.

Price: £35 per person.

Equipment required: As with all our underground trips, we will provide you with a caving suit, headlamp, wellies, helmet, and harness. You simply need to wear some old and warm clothes underneath your caving suit, and a spare pair of socks.

 


THE UNDERGROUND ADVENTURER

This is a thrilling top-to-bottom through trip, chock-full of obstacles along the way. Entering the mine at the top of a Cornish cliff, we must negotiate our way through the maze of tunnels before finally reaching daylight once more.

This is a vertical caving trip, and we descend a total of two hundred feet. We enter the mine by descending a steep incline until we leave the daylight far behind us. To complete our underground journey we have to do several abseils and many sections using ropes to traverse across shafts and along the walls of gaping chasms. There are a few other surprises too, that we’re not going to give away here!

This is another ancient mine and dates from at least the 16th century. As you travel through the mine you will journey through time. Starting with some of the oldest workings, before reaching sections worked only a hundred years ago. Your guides know the mine intimately, and all your questions about how this mine worked will be answered. That’s if you’re not too preoccupied with all the adventurous obstacles that keep coming your way!

 

Duration: 3-4 hours

Minimum Age: 14 years old

Difficulty Level: Medium, a good level of fitness is recommended for this trip. In addition, most of the obstacles cannot be avoided. You must be prepared to abseil and have regular exposure to heights.

Price: £50 per person.

Equipment required: As with all our underground trips, we will provide you with a caving suit, headlamp, wellies, helmet, and harness. You simply need to wear some old and warm clothes underneath your caving suit, and a spare pair of socks.


THE SURFACE EXPLORER

This relaxed walking tour gives you a chance to learn more about the fascinating history of the Cornish mining industry. This excursion is not physically challenging and is accessible for all. Spending most of our time on the southwest coast path, we save all our challenging activities for our underground adventures.
 
 Learn about this pioneering industry, and hear about the tales that inspired the story of Poldark, Cornwall’s most famous mining export! You will even get the chance to visit some of the locations used in the Poldark TV series and learn the real stories behind these iconic landmarks. Learn about the engineering marvels of the Crowns engine houses at Botallack Mine. And what was the real story at Wheal Leisure?

As well as learning about the history of the tin industry and how the ‘old men’ worked tin, learn about the daily life of Cornish miners, above and below grass. Our expert guides are some of the foremost authorities on Cornish mining history, so no question will go unanswered.

Explore with experts, at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time for questions and photography. This walking tour offers something for all, whether your interest in Cornish mining was sparked through the adventures of Ross and Demelza Poldark, or whether you are a budding mine historian yourself.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum Age: No minimum age.

Difficulty Level: Easy, anyone of average fitness should be fine on this trip.

Price: £20 per person.

Equipment required: As no specialist equipment is required for this trip, we do not provide equipment for this activity. You simply need to bring suitable shoes for tramping the coast path, and clothes appropriate for the weather. Please remember on the coast it is often windier expected, and as always in Cornwall, you usually can't rule out the odd rain shower!


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Matt: 07734 343 954
Ben: 07596 174 479
Address
15 Back Lane
Angarrack
Hayle 
Cornwall
TR27 5JE
Email

info@cornwallunderground.co.uk